OK, everybody? Just like we rehearsed, all together, on three... one, two, three! We're a team of mavericks!

mav·er·ick (m?v'?r-?k, m?v'r?k) n.

1. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it.

2. One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/maverick (accessed: October 03, 2008).

Pardon my skepticism, Gov. Palin, but please, "a team of mavericks"? Seems to me McCain was branded by the Bush administration a while back and hasn't bucked much lately. More alarmingly, McCain's current tactics look like a direct lift from Karl Rove, who used a vicious smear campaign against McCain and his family to derail McCain's "Straight Talk Express" in the 2000 race for the Republican nomination. McCain's been roped and tied to Bush administration policies ever since.

McCain is no Tom Cruise, but if this "maverick" malarkey keeps up I'll have to start referring to Gov. Palin as Goose, and if you've seen Top Gun you know that's not the callsign you want.

Side Note: If Palin can pronounce Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's name so well, why can't she pronounce nuclear or learn the duties of the Vice President?